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Latin Jazz and Acoustic Solo Outings

The high season is really kicking into gear for me here in ecotourist haven Puerto Viejo with a very busy weekend of playing. Friday 12/8 I'll be accompanying visiting San Francisco trombonist/keyboardist and composer/arranger Wayne Wallace for an eveing of latin jazz. A highly respected jazz artist, Wayne has played with the the Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins and McCoy Tyner, as well as top R&B acts like Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John. I'm really looking forward to an exciting evening of music making with Wayne's group, which will also include my regular collaborator Carter V on percussion, as well as all 4 members of the local latin jazz & reggae group Plan B. My weekend of performing continues with a solo acoustic brunch concert at Bread and Chocolate at noon on Saturday, followed by a night of blues, latin rock, and reggae at the Loco Natural with Carter on percussion and bassist Junior Alvarez. Then, finally, Carter and I will resurrect our acoustic trio with Argentinian guitartist/vocalist Luciano Gomez on Sunday night. Hopefully I will still have some energy left for next Tuesday, when I'll return to El Parquecito for another night of blues/rock, funk and JV originals with my new collabortor, awesome Barcelona drummer Nota Peres, who has played in Europe with the likes of John McLaughlin and Bill Evans. Our new trio with keyboardist/bassist/vocalist Jim MacDougall is my lastest ongoing project, which has found its weekly home at the Parquecito on Tuesdays. Jimmy Mac is back in the States this week but will return to join us on Sunday 12/18 for jazz and R&B at the Loco Natural.

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